Brugge and Gent, Belgium 2009
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Although we had our Tomtom which should leads us to Brugge, we end in Gent the first day because we missed an exit on the highway! Yes that's smart hè! And before we know it we were just in the middle of the center of Gent. So we decided that we first explore Gent and then Brugge! But unfortunatly the hole center of Gent was in restoration, it was one big development plan/excavation!
So the photo's aren't as nice as I hoped they be, but oh well, we had a nice couple of hours anyway! We also visit the Saint Bavo Cathedral. The cathedral is noted for the Gent Altarpiece, originally in its Joost Vijd chapel. It is formally known as: The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb by Hubert and Jan van Eyck. This work is considered Van Eyck's masterpiece and one of the most important works of the early Northern Renaissance, along with one of the artistic masterpieces of Belgium.
Much of the city's medieval architecture remains intact and is remarkably well preserved and restored. Its centre is the largest carefree area in Belgium. Interesting highlights are the the belfry, the Gravensteen castle, and the splendid architecture along the old Graslei harbour. Ghent established a nice blend between comfort of living and history – it is not a city-museum. The city of Ghent houses also three béguinages and numerous churches, among which the Saint-James' church, the Sint-Nicolas church and the Saint Michael's church are the most beautiful examples.
In the nineteenth century Ghent's most famous architect,Louis Roelandt, built the university hall Aula, the opera and the main courthouse. Highlights of modern architecture are the university buildings (the Boekentoren or Book Tower) by Henry Van de Velde. There are also a few theatres from diverse periods.
The beguinages, as well as the belfry and adjacent cloth hall, were recognized by Unesco as World Heritage Sites in 1998 and 1999.
So you have to see Gent ones at least!